How To Visit St. Olha And Elizabeth Church In Lviv

Lviv is one of the most beautiful cities in Ukraine. And if you know a bit of Lviv history, then you know that this city was under the Austrian Empire, Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Polish Rule, and the Soviet Union until it become a part of independent Ukraine. Everything in this city screams about a mix of cultures and tradition and that is what makes Lviv so special. Each building in the Lviv Old Town…

How To Visit Lviv Town Hall – Ratusha

As I often say, Lviv is the cultural center of Ukraine and Ratusha is the center of Lviv. Ratusha is the Town Hall that is located in very heart of Lviv – Ploshcha Rynok (Market Square). This is the very center of the old Town and the main square in Lviv. The first Town Hall was built in 1357 but unfortunately the building was made of wood and in 1381 it burned down. After this accident…

How To Visit Lviv Theater of Opera and Ballet

The Lviv Theater of Opera and Ballet is one of the most beautiful buildings in Ukraine. This is the second oldest theatre that was built in Ukraine. The theater was built between 1897 and 1900. It is interesting that the avenue where the Lviv Opera theatre stands didn’t exist until 1879. It is stands on the location where the river Poltva once ran (and is now buried deep underground). Read More: The Hidden River…

Lychakiv Cemetery

Lychakiv Cemetery is an ancient cemetery that gained the status of a national historical and cultural museum. Nowadays you can visit the Lychakiv cemetery for a small admission and even have an excursion on the grounds. The cemetery is located just outside the city center and you easily can walk there in about 20-30 minutes. The Perfect Weekend In Lviv – Itinerary For A City Break In Ukraine’s Cultural Capital History The Lychakiv cemetery…

The Best Walking Route To Explore Kyiv

Before moving to Beijing, China I lived in Kyiv for five years. Those years made me love and hate Kyiv about the same amount. And I know it sounds weird, but there some things that I love about this city and some things that I absolutely hate. So, back to the things I love! While I was living and studying in Kyiv many people over the years had come to visit me. Of course, they…

Visiting Kyiv Pechersk Lavra – The Cave Monastery

One of the must visit places in Kyiv (Kiev) is an ancient monastery complex – Kyiv Pechersk Lavra or monastery of the caves. The territory of the monastery is quite large and includes a few different churches and monuments, but the highlight of this monastery are the caves, also know as the lower caves. This place is also a great stop on my Kyiv Walking Tour because it is right next to the Kyiv War Museum…

What To Do In Ljubljana

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia. It is a cultural, economic, historical, and educational center of the county. For some reason, Ljubljana and Slovenia in general had never been on my must-do list and going there I didn’t have any expectations whatsoever. Ljubljana was just our stop between a month in Croatia and another month in Italy. And I thought that four days in this city or even country would be enough, what…

How To Visit Mezhyhirya Residence, Yanukovych Presidential Palace

Chances are that you have heard about the Ukrainian revolution in 2014 and that our 4th president, Viktor Yanukovych was accused of high treason. Therefore, he escaped and is currently living in exile in Russia. Why do I tell you all of this? Because although he stole so much money and got some expensive artwork with him to Russia, he could not do anything with his Presidential Palace, Mezhyhirya. Luckily, common people first went to…

How To Visit The Kyiv War Museum and The Motherland

I cannot say that Kyiv is the most beautiful city in Ukraine. No, that would be a lie. Kyiv is a great city, but many bad things happened to it, including the World Wars, Soviet Union Regime and of course the corruption of Ukrainian government. How did it effect Kyiv? Well…. First, during the War a big part of this city was ruined, then during the Soviet Union were built ugly great boxes that people…

Taras Shevchenko Park

This article is about Taras Shevchenko Park. For a history of Taras Shevchenko the person, click here. If you are going to travel to Ukraine, chances are that you will go to Kyiv (Kiev) the capital of Ukraine. Kyiv is a big city and it has a lot to offer to tourists, although I personally would not stay there more than 4 – 5 days. It is a busy industrial city that needs so much work…